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  • Alissia Benveniste: Get Away

    Alissia Benveniste: Get Away

    Bassist Alissia Benveniste may be featured on the upcoming Bootsy Collins album, but that didn’t stop her from continuing to kick out her own jams. She’s just released a brand new track and music video for “Get Away,” a song she says reflects her inspirations. “I felt like it was time to write and produce... »

  • Geddy Lee: The Big Interview

    Geddy Lee: The Big Interview

    Rush’s Geddy Lee sat down with Dan Rather for an hour-long interview on AXS TV, which debuted last night. In this preview clip, Geddy talks about his fame and how he engages with fans. The interview took place in Geddy’s home, which also covers the band “trying to identify who they were… in the early... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jon Packard

    Reader Spotlight: Jon Packard

    Meet Jon Packard, a bassist who spent his career in the Air Force and played around the world in military bands. While Jon started out as a piano player, the love for the low end made him switch to the bass. Jon is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!)... »

  • Tech 21 Acoustic Fly Rig Coming Soon

    Tech 21 Acoustic Fly Rig Coming Soon

    Tech 21 has expanded its lineup of Fly Rig pedals with an acoustic version. The new Acoustic Fly Rig is fitted with the company’s flagship circuitry and supports acoustic stringed instruments as well as guitar and bass. The compact unit weighs just over 20 ounces and measures 12.5 inches long. It features an all-analog SansAmp... »

  • Blues Beatles: Ticket To Ride

    Blues Beatles: Ticket To Ride

    We first featured the Blues Beatles back in July, with their special arrangement of The Beatles’ “Yesterday.” That video was quite popular, so we decided it was time to share another. This time around, they take on “Ticket To Ride,” in a live performance. Once again, Bruno Falcão handles the bass on this bluesy cover. »

  • In Memoriam: Martin Eric Ain

    In Memoriam: Martin Eric Ain

    Founding Celtic Frost bassist Martin Eric Ain has died from a heart attack. He was 50 years old. Born in the United States, Ain joined the Swiss extreme metal band Hellhammer in 1983. The group became deeply influential on black metal and is considered a pioneering band in death metal. They disbanded in 1984 with... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Marc Chicoine Dominic “Forest” Lapointe 6-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Marc Chicoine Dominic “Forest” Lapointe 6-String Bass

    I’m always astounded by the bass work of Dominic “Forest” Lapointe. His refined technique and raw emotion always come through in his bass lines. I’m also stunned by his basses, which is why this week we’re checking out his six-string left-handed signature bass built by luthier Marc Chicoine. Based around Quebec, Chicoine has been building... »

  • Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

    There’s nothing like starting a song with a cool bass riff. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith shines a light on the bass for sure! At the very top, we set the tone. To play this riff correctly and in time right out of the box is what it’s all about. How to approach learning something like... »

  • Magnus Sjöquist: Someone To Watch Over Me

    Magnus Sjöquist: Someone To Watch Over Me

    U-Bass fanatic Magnus Sjöquist shared this awesome video of his tribute to one of his bass heroes. “It’s a little tribute to Steve Swallow. Especially his bass/chord comping,” he writes. “This is a transcription of a part he plays behind John Scofield from a concert with the John Scofield Trio. I’m playing a custom Kala... »

  • Mooer Updates Octave Line With Tender Octaver mkII Pedal

    Mooer Updates Octave Line With Tender Octaver mkII Pedal

    Mooer has updated their octave pedal lineup again this year with an updated version of their Tender Octaver. The Tender Octaver mkII features three brand new algorithms and a true analog dry through the signal. Its new Fat algorithm adds a “huge bassy lower octave and a soft-toned upper voicing” while a Tight algorithm focuses... »